After police arrested 79 individuals over fires ravaging the country, Greek officials labeled the accused offenders “arsonist scum.”
“You are committing a crime against the country,” Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias said.
“Arsonist scum are setting fires that threaten forests, property and, most of all, human lives.”
“You will not get away with it, we will find you, you will be held accountable,” he added.
According to reports, hundreds of fires in Greece have killed over 20 people.
Greece minister has labelled those responsible as “ARSONIST SCUM” after a staggering 79 were arrested over the fires…
We don’t have a climate crisis… we have an arsonists crisis pic.twitter.com/0CRHLvZCNq
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GREECE – Minister now confirms the arrests of 79 “Arsonist Scum” for the out of control fires raging in Greece that have killed at least 21 innocent people.
That’s where you should focus, on the truth 🔥
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Despite the “arsonist scum,” mainstream media and ‘experts’ claim climate change is the cause for the increase in summer fires.
Summer wildfires are common in Greece and scientists have linked the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, to climate change.
Stefan Doerr, who directs the Centre for Wildfire Research at Swansea University, says that more flammable landscapes – due to hot weather or poor vegetation management – mean that arson and other incidents can more easily turn into fast-moving wildfires.
Police and Greek intelligence service EYP are investigating the incidents, AFP reported.
Government spokesperson Pavlos Marinakis told Greek public broadcaster ERT that of 140 wildfire-related arrests, 79 were related to arson.
Hundreds of firefighters across Greece have been battling deadly wildfires.
The large fire front which erupted on Saturday near the port city of Alexandroupolis has become the EU’s largest on record, according to European commissioner Janez Lenarcic.
Meanwhile, on Mount Parnitha near Athens, fires have been raging in a forest adjoining the capital, threatening a national park.
79 arrested for arson in Greece!! They should add in the murder charges for the 21 dead I can’t imagine how many with horrific burns, + all the animals killed.
There’s a massive arson problem. Yet all we heard for weeks was climate change caused it https://t.co/rXw0vuIf8U
— leilani dowding 🌸🚜 ☮️ (@LeilaniDowding) August 26, 2023
AP noted the latest arsonist arrests in Greece on Saturday:
Fire department officials in Greece arrested two men Saturday for allegedly deliberately setting fires, while hundreds of firefighters battled wildfires that have killed at least 21 people in the past week.
One man was arrested on the island of Evia for allegedly setting fire to dried grass in the Karystos area. The fire department said the man confessed to having set four other fires in the area in July and August.
A second man arrested in the Larissa area of central Greece also was accused of intentionally setting fire to dried vegetation.